November 13, 2007

A&M holds edge in early test against ORU


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Shawn King

DeAndre Jordan

PPG: 20.0 RPG: 6.0 FG%: 90.0

Senior center Shawn King hopes to be the answer to the question left by departed starter Caleb Green. King must provide the points and rebounds left by Green, last season Mid-Con conference Player of the Year. Against SW Oklahoma, King stepped up to the challenge with 20 points and six boards in just 19 minutes. His problem, however, is fouls. Against A&M's frontcourt, he'll have trouble staying on the court.

PPG: 12.0 RPG: 2.0 BPG: 1.0

True freshman DeAndre Jordan had a nice 12-point debut in the win over McNeese State, but a 7-footer must have more than two rebounds and one block against a team that doesn't have the big boys to compete with a frontcourt like A&M's. Jordan, however, is very young and despite his vast improvement since showing up on campus this summer, he is still growing into a Big 12 player. He's more talented than King, but it's a push because Jordan isn't seasoned like King.
Yemi Ogunoye

Joseph Jones

PPG: 0.0 RPG: 3.0 MPG: 18.0

Senior power forward Yemi Ogunoye didn't get much going on the scorecard in the opening game of the year without a single shot attempts in 18 minutes of work, but he did bring down three rebounds with two assists and one block. He also turned the ball over three times. The Cedar Hill, Tex., native started 33 games a year ago and has a career high of seven points. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Ogunoye is role player that doesn't show up on the stat sheet much.

PPG: 11.0 RPG: 2.0 FG%: 67.7

Senior Joseph Jones isn't being asked to man the middle anymore with the addition of Jordan, but he can move to the middle with Bryan Davis on the floor with him. Jones, however, seems to be more athletic in the paint than he has ever been at A&M because his knees seems to be in better condition. He is the focal point of the A&M offense currently, and is as physical as any player in the country. He will be a load even for a defensive specialist like Ogunoye.